Baby Weight Gain, Understanding why and how babies gain weight so rapidly
rom birth baby weight gain is closely monitored. Usually newborn babies are weighed and measured as soon as they see light. The average full term baby weighs between six to nine pounds. Most new born babies will lose some weight in the first five to seven days of life. A 5% weight loss is considered normal for a formula fed new born. A 7% - 10% is considered normal for a breastfed baby.
In the first three months of life, a baby will grow faster than he/she ever will again. This is possible because a newborn baby is breastfed or formula fed every 2 to 3 hours, the rest of the time they are usually asleep.
For a hard gainer to put on weight they will have to follow the example of a newborn baby, that means they would have to consume food and/or drink every 2 to 3 hours.
By the time a baby is four months old, a healthy full term baby will have doubled his birth weight. In spite of this, every baby grows at his/her own pace. A baby may gain more or less than the standard guidelines, and either a large or small baby can be healthy.
The most important thing that parents need to remember is that infant weight gain differs, each baby is built differently, eats a bit differently and therefore will gain weight in various ways.
There is no difference between a hard gainer and a newborn baby. From birth, a baby cries when it's hungry and a mother knows to feed that baby on time. Who feeds the hard gainer on time?
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